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. the chairman is in the hot seat. he'll be here live to counter his critics. >>> plus, senate leader harry reid says democrats will not have an assault weapons ban in their new gun regulation bill. and that is not sitting well with one of the top backers. good morning from washington. it's wednesday, march 20th, 2013. the first day of spring. come on, you like this tie. it's colorful. this is "the daily rundown." i'm luke russert in for chuck todd who is in israel for the president. he'll be joining us from there in a few moments. president obama has arrived in the middle east to begin i had four-day tour of the region. but it's not all pomp and circumstance. difficult issues loom as the leaders prepare for meetings later today. but publicly, the focus is on what president obama called the eternal bond between the two nations. >> the united states of america stands with the state of israel because it is in our fundamental national security interests to stand with israel. it makes us both stronger. it makes us both more prosperous and it makes the world a better place. >> in an unstable and unce
leader harry reid has decided to remove the assault weapons ban from a larger reform package. it will, instead, be voted on as an amendment. nbc's mike viqueira joins us live now. mike, what happened? why did the majority leader decide that 157 different models of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines did not deserve to be a part of a broader bill to ensure that tragedies like that in aurora, in newtown, connecticut, never happen again? what's happened? >> reporter: well, you know, harry reid was faced with a very fundamental question, martin. he could put on what is essentially an unpopular measure, dianne feinstein notwithstanding, and that's a renewal of the assault weapons ban. he could put it on that base bill and have it bring down the entire bill. under that circumstances, by harry reid's estimation, it has fewer, martin, fewer than 40 votes in support in the united states senate. you can't blame it all on ted cruz and his compatriots on the republican side. there are several democrats who don't favor a renewal of the assault weapons ban. you need 60 votes. harry reid tol
mostly because harry reid called a cloture vote. over, some of the issues take a long time to marinate. that that as people thought it through, i think they realize it's not having a good comprehensive immigration policy is hurting us economically and it's not the right thing to do. it's time to solve it. i admire everyone for coming to the table. but i want to make a point. what rand paul is saying is contrast to gang of eight. his idea is security first, legalization and then citizenship. gang of eight put forward legalization, security and then citizenship. that seems like you could find a compromise, but that is a big leap between security and legalization piece and flipping them. >> andrea: what do you think, eric? >> eric: rand paul opened up a can of whoop-ass on the hill and they were flooded with calls say dog you care to weigh in on rand paul's idea? he threw people for a loop. he came out with an idea at one point he said leads to path of citizenship, which is different from a lot of things they say and has been proposed in past. what he said talk tablet comprehensive immigr
martha: this is a possible big setback for gun control advocates. senate majority leader harry reid says that he is dropping the assault weapons ban part of this which is really what we've been talking about all along. dropping that from the senate's gun control package. i'm joined by senator scott brown who is not at all surprised by this action. the former u.s. senator and fox news contributor joins us now. senator, good to have you with us to america's newsroom. >> thank you very much. martha: a lot of people talked about the big talk on sought weapons ban and it was so important to be passed. now it is not in the bill and been deleted. >> he is particular harry reid trying to protect senators up for re-election in red states making sure he wasn't going to have to take tough votes. during my three years he was always protecting his members to make sure they didn't take tough votes. get them in a room together, let them work out some type of compromise everybody can live with. martha: what do you think about it? everybody is saying this is huge win for the nra who very much wanted focu
saddam hussein. we look at the fallout not overseas, but here at home. without iraq, harry reid and nancy pelosi may never rise to power and barack obama may still be in the senate and not the white house. president george w. bush's approval numbers hit 71% as the country rallies around the troops and a war sold as critical to protecting us and ending weapons of mass destruction. those numbers slip and down to 45%. by the spring of 06, it was down to 37%, roughly half what it was when the war began. it wasn't just the president who suffered what we saw, but the demise of the neoconservative world view. vice president cheney and rumsfeld in which the u.s. sought out enemies and used force to spread democracy. >> the establishment of a free iraq at the heart of the middle east will be a water shed event in the global democratic revolution. >> what americans saw was a bleed quagmyre that destroyed the credibility on those who promoted it and the republican party as a whole. it spikeed from 486 to more than 2100 by the end of 2005. in the mid-term opposition led to a crushing defeat for repub
ago they try to deal with the fiscal situation in this country. harry reid spoke moments ago. let's take a look at what he had to say. >> as things now stand we are in the midst as i indicated of a filibuster to even try to get on the bill. if we get on the bill tomorrow morning and there are 30 hours waiting around staring at each other, and i just alert everyone, we have our easter recess coming a week from friday, and we are not going to be able to do that. martha: gosh, right, listen to that. do they ever get anything done, they've been waiting for this budget from the senate for how many years and now we are being told they'll just be staring at each other for 30 hours, says harry reid. we'll keep an eye on it. that is the doings on capitol hill. bill: house republicans unveiling their plan. congressman paul ryan argues his idea will balance the budget and pay down our debt without raising taxes. his plan would balance the budget he says within ten years, by 2023 cutting spending by $4.6 trillion with no tax increase. the plan would also p repeal obama care. that is the law r
to organize 309 million of us into one efficient unit. >> i speak for many when i say thank god for harry reid stopped bush's plan to privatize social security. so you wanted to turn her grandmother's retirement to lehman brothers, bear stearns? int is the people who were charge. social security has been around for 75 years and has never missed a check. thank god for social security. as for "obamacare," call your mother, father, ask them if like being on medicare. they love it. yes. and yet medicare only has 5000 employees. private insurance has hundreds of thousands of employees. inernment, more efficient health insurance. more effective, lower overhead, better outcomes, lower prices. the only change i want to make is change the eligibility age to birth. let's all get on medicare, then we will have a real system. >> i will not answer that, but i would love to all on. have you been to the dmv lately? yes. house of service. >> when secretary of state hillary clinton appeared for the senate hearing on benghazi, here is what she said about the cause of the riot -- [video clip] >> what difference
universal background checks. harry reid is going to have to cobble together something. something meaningful that he can pass and move on to this house so we can get some bills signed. i really doubt the bill in its pure form as dianne feinstein has proposed it will see the light of day. >> right. all the so-called wise men and women of washington say senator feinstein's bill, as you say, has no chance of passing the full senate, but every day you and i see the incredible toll that this is taking. just this week, we saw the death of a 6-year-old little -- 6-month-old little baby girl called jonalah watkins of chicago. she was shot five times while her father was changing her diaper in the front seat of the minivan. the father was also shot. incredible, the mother had been shot, herself, once, while she was pregnant. what are we supposed to do about this? are we supposed to just walk away from some kind of meaningful legislation, when babies as young as 6 months old are murdered while their diapers are being changed? >> you know, martin, this is probably the most unspeakable tragedy we can th
, it's something i'm curious about. you know harry reid pretty well. comes from your state. how much longer do you think he's going to stick around as the majority leader in the senate? >> hasn't indicated to me one way or another. my opinion of harry, he's going to stick around as long as the electorate wil keep him there. he already indicated he wants to run in the next election a couple years from now. harry is a fighter. that's just his nature. he enjoys what he's doing. >> could you also quickly weigh in on the fight going on in new jersey? the lawsuit against new jersey trying to legalize sports betting and join nevada in that ranks. what do you think? >> well, of course, we in nevada prefer monopolies when we're the beneficiaries of monopolies. >> we all do. we all do. >> i think the nfl and ncaa would agree with you. >> yes. that's, of course, whbeen one o the limitations we have to experience by having sports betting, mayor sports franchises and ncaa tournaments stay away from us because of sports betting. new jersey would have that if they were successful in obtaining sport
lack of majority in the senate which is led by the philosopher harry reid. but they maintained by a large strengthen the house of representatives, losing only about eight seats. and a position of state legislatures were very strong. that position that they built up in 2010, they lost legislatures in maine and minnesota, but by and large can't legislatures that they one in 2010, and had the kind of advantage that they haven't had in state legislatures since the 1920s. so we are 25 states that have governors in both houses of legislature, controlled by republicans. they are not just small states. and 53% of the nation's population versus -- i believe it is 13 states with democratic governors or legislatures, 21% of the nation's population. so let me just leave you with a final number out of the exit poll. the electorate that reelected obama when asked whether government should do more to solve problems or whether government is doing to me things better left to businesses and individuals, 52% government is doing too many things. 43% government should do more. .. [applause] him >>
death of the assault weapons ban. it's harry reid conceding it can't be part of the main bill. they're trying to focus on what is doable. what can they get done in april? and what they think can get done would be universal background checks, including for private transactions. if i was going to sell you a gun that doesn't have to be any sort of background check on that under a bill being knocked around in the senate, you would have to have some validation there before that purchase could be made. and that's the sticking point right now. that's a far cry from what democrats were talking about two or three months ago. that's a pretty small, narrow provision in the scope of all the big gun controls that democrats wanted to push in the beginning. >> that said, david, ignatius, if a bill passes that even allows the individual transfer without background checks, that would close the gun loophole, also stop something that needs to be stopped, and that is the purchasing of weapons online. that's a significant -- >> for gun control folks. it would just be a shame from my standpoint if in the
in the country as we head into the mid terms. harry reid is not going to include an assault weapons ban next month. it come up as an amendment and we will get the votes on record as to whether lawmakers stand on that. the question now becomes what will potential legislation cover, maybe new school security measures, maybe expanded background checks, while the latter has overwhelming public support, republicans continue to balk. thomas young is dying and has written a letter to president bush and dick chain any on behalf of himself and fellow veterans. he is saying that the two should beg from forgiveness from veterans like him who were forced to go to war in iraq and not afghanistan. a mission for health. they think this world isn't big enough for the both of them. but we assure you - it is. bites. little greatness. >> "viewpoint" digs deep into the issues of the day. >> has the time finally come for real immigration reform? >> with a distinctly satirical point of view. if you believe in state's rights but still believe in the drug war you must be high. >> only on current tv. ♪ >> announc
the expectations from getting mashugana. >>> good morning. i'm joy reid filling in for melissa harris-perry. first this morning, an update on the lead story from yesterday's program. in an unexpected turn of events in steubenville, ohio, where two teen boys stand accused of assaulting a 16-year-old girl, both cases wrapped their arguments. we expect a ruling from judge thomas lipps momeshortly. this case has been marked by small town uproar and demonstrations and national attention fueled by evidence that was made public by a social media. as soon as we have the verdict from judge lipps, we will bring you in that news. >>> until then, we bring you the president's trip to israel. this could be the largest photo op in the year when he visited the west bank. the photograph op is a time honored civic tradition. it is calculated to show a leader in his or her best light. a cynic would not call it much of an opportunity, because the photo op is a staged event cleverly, or not cleverly described as news. photo op was coined by the nixon administration. president george herbert walker bush was said to des
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